Tuesday, 22 April 2014

12/04/2014 - Maid cafe and Shibuya

On this day, I met up with a friend who was visiting from England. He'd already been in Tokyo for a few days and seen a lot of things, but he hadn't been to Akihabara yet, so I decided to show him around there a little before showing him some of Tokyo's nightlife, which was our main reason for meeting up. 

Outfit of the day:
Cross necklace: GLAVIL by tutuHA
Harness: GLAVIL by tutuHA
Shorts: d.i.a.
Skeleton body suit: Primark
Heart ring garter: Creepyyeha
X garter: Black Milk Tea

The obvious thing to do was to visit a maid cafe, so that's where we started. I'd only been to a maid cafe once before (Maidreamin, about 2 years ago), but I'd heard good things about @home cafe, so decided to try the one in Don Quijote. I have to say, it was much better than Maidreamin. Despite the fact that we went on a Saturday and it was fairly busy, I felt that the maids paid more attention to us than at Maidreamin (I believe I went there on a weekday, and it wasn't very busy), the food was cuter (I think taste-wise it was about the same), and the overall atmosphere was just somehow better. 

Simon chose the food set menu, which includes one main meal and one drink of your choice, and you also get to take a polaroid photo with the maid of your choice as a souvenir. I think it costed 1900 yen (about £11). I opted for the dessert set menu, which is the same thing, but with a dessert instead of a main meal, and it costs about 100 or 200 yen less. 

After ordering, our maid brought us a board with photos of all of the maids working that day so we could choose who we wanted to take our photo with, and whilst waiting for our food we were called to take our photos. They also had a selection of silly hats/ears that you could wear for the photos haha. I chose some kind of bat wings, but you can't see them very well. 
After taking the photo, your maid takes it away to decorate it for you. 

Unfortunately, you're only allowed to take photos of your food (as opposed to the actual cafe and the maids), so I don't have many photos, but this seems to be a pretty universal maid cafe rule. Anyway, here's what I had:
Yummy iced matcha latte. The maid who brought it to me asked me what I wanted her to draw on it with sauce. I couldn't think of anything, so told her to do whatever she wanted, and she drew this bunny. c: 

My parfait was also delicious. 

With every drink and food item brought to us, the maid would have us help her to "cast a spell" to make it more delicious, which involved little hand gestures and cutesy incantations. I knew to expect this, but Simon seemed rather bemused (and slightly embarrassed haha). 

After our time was up at the cafe, we went to take purikura. Some purikura shops have cosplays available for rental, but I'd never paid them much attention because I'd assumed you'd have to pay to use them, but on closer inspection I realised that it was completely free! So of course, we took advantage of it.

(I'm not sure why these are sideways, sorry!) 

After that, we headed to Shibuya, where we stopped at an izakaya for some cheap nomihoudai (all you can drink alcohol), before going to meet Tom at a rock club called shibuya THE GAME
With great music and friendly people, it had a good atmosphere and was a lot of fun.

At about 3am we decided to move on to Trump Room (another night club).
I also came here last time I went to Tokyo. While the music isn't quite to my taste, the interior is really cool, and the people are really nice so I always have fun. 

By the time Trump Room closed, the rest of our group had either gone home or just lost us, so Tom and I went to sing karaoke until the first train. Except somehow we got carried away and ended up singing for about 3 hours (rather than the hour or so needed until the trains did start), and had to actually go to a different karaoke place because the first one we were in closed haha. By the end of it I could barely even speak any more. Good times. 



Monday, 21 April 2014

11/04/2014 - Purikura and Alice in Wonderland restaurant!

Hello! I'm pretty behind on posting because I've been insanely busy lately, but I'm trying to get back into it, because I miss blogging.  

A little over a week ago, I met up with my Mari after class. We wandered around Shibuya 109 for a while, then took purikura. 


The height difference makes me laugh a lot (I'm bending very awkwardly here because I'm too tall for the machines when I stand up straight)

While purikura isn't exactly known for being natural, the second machine we tried did some REALLY intense face-editing ahaha:



After purikura, we went to an Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant. This is a chain, but the particular one we went to (in Shibuya) is called 舞踏の国のアリス (Butou no Kuni no Arisu), or Alice in Dancing Land.





All the waitresses were dressed as Alice

The menus were shaped like the White Rabbit's pocket watch

Mari's chocolate cake

My ridiculous Cheshire Cat parfait c: 

There was a pretty good selection of both desserts and main courses, as well as cocktails and other drinks. While the prices are a little higher than what you'd expect to pay elsewhere, it's still very affordable, and definitely worth it. I believe there was also a cover charge of about 500 yen (about £3) per person, but I'm afraid I don't really remember.
 Glowing cocktail

The overall atmosphere felt like a slightly more laid-back Disneyland. It was nice. 

At the end, we were both given a free packet of strawberry tea to take home. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

05/04/2014

This weekend was the first weekend I've had in Tokyo where I've actually had time to do what I want and haven't been super jetlagged. It was really fun! 

 This was Saturday's look:
Dress: Fernopaa
Belt: GLAVIL by tutuHA
Boots: YOSUKE
Heart garter: Creepyyeha
Necklace: tutuHA

Make up

That day Chriss arrived in Japan, so I met up with her and Dayle (both of them have just started studying here, too!) in Shibuya. We hung around in Starbucks for a while, then went to take purikura.

After that, we wandered around some shops until it was time to meet Rozzi and Deej and go to an izakaya.
 It was my first time going to an izakaya, and I was impressed.
 I really liked being able to order with this touch screen thing, thus minimising the need to speak/wait around for waiters. 
We each had about 4 alcoholic drinks and shared looooads of food, and it only came to about 1,800yen (about £10) per person! You couldn't even get the drinks for that price in England! 

After the izakaya, we headed to JPU Records' event, which was held in a rock bar situated somewhere in dodgy love hotel land. 
 The bar was next to a shrine...
...which was right next to a love hotel. We kept running out to go to the conbini to buy cheap alcohol (and pizza buns!), then drank it outside whilst watching couples awkwardly leaving the hotel as if they weren't together aha

At about 2.30am, we and some others from the bar went to do karaoke. They had some kind of special offer if you did it until 5.30am (which is when the trains start running), so we did that. It was also all-you-can-drink! 
I'm not sure you can quite call it "singing", but we... made lots of noise until morning. It was a lot of fun. 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Tokyo!

Hello, hope you're all well! 
I moved to Tokyo last week, and am pretty settled in now~ I'm sharing a student apartment in Kodaira with some other exchange students from different countries (and one Japanese) who go to the same university as me. It's about an hour by train from central Tokyo, but it's not far from Kunitachi (where the university is), which is a really nice area. 

Here are some photos from around where I live and go to university: 

 My university



That name made me laugh





Saturday, 15 March 2014

Haircut

Sorry for being a terrible blogger and barely updating (as usual)! I move to Tokyo in 2 weeks, so I've been really busy preparing for that and trying to see all of my English friends/family while I can.

Last week I got my hair cut (for free! :D). It's basically the same style I've had for about 5 years (except for my last cut) haha, but I missed having a full fringe, and a hairdresser I've been in contact with for a while needed models for a bob cut, so~

And here's my outfit from that day:
Cross necklace: tutuHA
Shrug: No:Wear
Tights: Miss Selfridge

I don't think anyone actually watches the videos I post haha, but just in case, here's a song/MV I've been really into lately:

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Review: Black Milk Tea Shop

Hello, everyone! I came back to London about a week ago, and am here until I move to Tokyo at the end of March. 

I was recently sent a garter from Black Milk Tea to review. I'd just like to mention that although this is a sponsored review, these are my own, honest opinions on the product.

Service
The owner of the shop and I exchanged a few emails to discuss the sponsorship, and she was very friendly and always replied quickly. 
I asked for it to be sent to my father's house in London, but this was while I was still in France, so I don't know how quickly it arrived. It was already there when I got back, so it definitely arrived from America in less than 2 weeks.

The garter arrived safely in a padded envelope. 

The product
I was given the X-Garter.

Here's how it looks worn:


 The front half of the garter is made of pleather, and the back is elastic so the size is adjustable. There are now three different sizes available, but there was only one when I was sent mine, so it's a little big  for me and I have to wear it slightly higher on my leg than I usually would.

Cute, heart-shaped clips


My inspiration for this outfit was witches, because I've been really into American Horror Story: Coven recently haha
Garter: Black Milk Tea
Dress: Asos
Necklace: Moi-même-Moitié

All of the garters in the shop are hand made, and it does show a little when you look closely, but it's barely noticeable when you wear it, so it's not really a problem. Everything is affordable, and there are lots of items catering to wearers of gothic styles, and also those who prefer a cuter, pastel look.